Trump Administration Open to Removing Individual Mandate Repeal from Senate Tax Bill
Senate Republicans planned to use their proposed tax bill to repeal the tax on people who don't buy health insurance, called the individual mandate, created under the Affordable Care Act.
But after realizing the repeal could make it harder to pass the tax cuts, a senior White House aide said President Donald Trump is okay with leaving the individual mandate untouched in the tax bill if necessary for passage. This comes after Trump explicitly told the Senate to put the repeal in the bill.
The individual mandate is a function through which insurance premiums are stabilized. Removing it is expected to cause insurance premiums to spike for many Americans.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) had publicly stated she wanted to see the individual mandate repeal struck from the tax bill.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said during a CNN State of the Union appearance Sunday that Trump would accept leaving this issue for another bill.
“If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill ... that can pass, that’s great,” Mulvaney said. “If it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can, then we are okay with taking it out.
Not all Republican senators are yet on board with the tax cut bill. Every Democrat opposes it, along with independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.